Shoe by Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly


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  1. Rista

    Rista said, about 4 years ago

    Changing to online format is working for some larger newspapers.
    I don’t mind a monthly fee for my local online news as long as the information is actually worth paying for and browsing-safe.
    More than a few papers haven’t got the hang of keeping their sites up-to-date, user friendly and more importantly malware free.

  2. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    This sounds like what the Philly Inquirer and Daily News have announced as they try for a common look across the paper, online, and smartphone.

  3. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, about 4 years ago

    Trouble for a lot of newspapers is that by the time they decide to retreat behind a paywall, they’ve already cut costs (that is, writers, researchers, etc.) to the point where their product isn’t worth what they’re asking.

  4. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 4 years ago

    I just get the Sunday paper, which has enough grocery coupons to make it worthwhile.

  5. Ken in Ohio

    Ken in Ohio said, about 4 years ago

    People who cry about “saving trees” as a reason to stop newspapers or other forms of print, don’t know what they are talking about. The paper companies have their own forests, which they harvest and replant in a responsible manner, because they are smart enough to know that trees are a renewable resourse. And much paper today has a high content of recycled fiber, which makes paper an even better valued product. I love forests and parks and green spaces, but I know that printed products do not threaten any of that, because paper comes from other sources, as outlined above. Most people who cry about going green are probably sincere, but, really, it’s a non-issue as far as paper manufacturing is concerned. I was in the printing industry for over forty years, so I do have an interest in seeing printing continue to succeed, but I am also informed about these things.

  6. Phatts California

    Phatts California said, about 4 years ago

    … still trying to figure how to line birdcage with iPad …

  7. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago

    There are papers that are doing well. They are not among the papers that were bought up when the 1996 Telecom act was passed. When the 1996 Act was passed, there was a wholesale buyup of newspapers. For example, the Statesman and the Journal in Salem, Oregon were bought up and made the Statesman-Journal. The content isn’t much different from what can be found in the Oregonian, which isn’t much different from the Seattle-PI, which isn’t much different from NYT.

    Local news has taken a beating as most papers fired their reporting staffs.

    Other newspapers like the Washington Times now rival the venerable Washington Post.

    The reason is content. If you can get the same thing— even the same words used by different editors/newsstaff— from the Seattle-PI, Washington Post, LA Times, New York Times, etc., that you get for free from CBS, NBC, ABC, etc., then why would you pay for the newspaper?

    Those papers that have independent content or non-alphabet soup content have done far better as a general rule.

  8. Ken in Ohio

    Ken in Ohio said, about 4 years ago

    I don’t know what papers you have access to, but with todays’s soy-based, low rub inks, the problem of dirty hands and clothes after reading a newspaper has been significantly reduced at most United States newspaper printing operations.

  9. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, about 4 years ago

    free subscriptions

  10. Tatenda

    Tatenda said, about 4 years ago

    @Phatts California


  11. Dr Fogg

    Dr Fogg said, about 4 years ago

    Any luck with the rabits?

  12. richard_skiff

    richard_skiff said, about 4 years ago

    It has been said that the last person to read a newspaper has already been born.

  13. lin4869

    lin4869 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Ken in Ohio

    Still, using fewer trees seems to be a good thing; although, I’m uninformed about how much energy running the internet takes.

  14. TimeTraveler

    TimeTraveler GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Phatts California

    That’s easy. Get a square birdcage.

  15. Think Mann

    Think Mann said, about 4 years ago

    Online is the only way to read the news. I can read about the same event in many different news providers giving me a broader picture of what happened. Newspapers are like sundials, they had their use at one time but now are useless.

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